Program | First Impressions
First Impressions is a structured assessment program that enables communities to learn about the first impression they convey to outsiders. It offers a fresh perspective on the appearance, services and infrastructure of each community. Volunteer teams will undertake unannounced, one-day visits, record their observations, and give constructive feedback to the community. Their photos and responses are then compiled and presented back to the community by a CEDIK representative. In addition, the program will offer suggestions and resources to address the areas identified for potential improvement. The knowledge gained through this program is intended to serve as a basis for community action.
First Impressions was developed by Andy Lewis, University of Wisconsin Extension Associate Professor, and James Schneider, Grant County (WI) Economic Development Director. CEDIK has adapted the First Impressions Program to meet the needs of Kentucky communities.
Brandenburg, Kentucky's Story:
Brandenburg, Kentucky completed the First Impressions program in 2016. Hear all about how this program provided space for community members to heal from a traumatic event over 40 years ago and start to transform their downtown.
More on the First Impressions process:
Mercedes Fraser and Melissa Bond with CEDIK share more about the First Impressions process in this recorded webinar from 2021.
$3,000 for communities with population of or less than 15,000.
$5,500 for communities with population between 15,000 to 50,000.
Contact us to discuss communities with populations larger than 50,000.